'Lime Kilns at Northfleet', Kent, 19th century.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

'Lime Kilns at Northfleet', Kent, 19th century.

Cooke, W B

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Engraving by W B Cooke after an original drawing by S Owen. Lime is used in the building trade for the manufacture of cement and mortar, and also in agriculture as a fertilizer. From the 16th century onwards, lime was extracted by burning coal and chalk in a kiln of the type shown here. The coal and chalk was layered in the kiln, and after lighting it was covered with turf and left to burn for a week or so.



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